Almost all anthropologists hold a doctoral degree. In more rare cases, those with a bachelor's or master's degree in anthropology are able to secure administrative or research positions. Most individuals, however, must undergo the eight years of study required to obtain a doctorate in anthropology.

In addition to degree requirements, candidates should be trained in the specific skill sets relevant to their field of study. Archaeologists, for instance, should take courses in geology and geography. Biological anthropologists, however, should be as competent in the areas of human anatomy, genetics and general biology. Likewise, linguistic anthropologists should be fluent in several languages and social scientists should have a strong background in psychology and sociology.

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Based on our pool of users, Anthropologists tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Anthropologists by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 265 Sokanu users

Are Anthropologists happy?


Anthropologists rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 79th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Anthropologist Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Anthropologists

The most common degree held by Anthropologists is Anthropology And Archeology. 16% of Anthropologists had a degree in Anthropology And Archeology before becoming Anthropologists. That is over 13 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among Anthropologists, representing 3% of Anthropologists in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.5 times the average.

Anthropologist Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Anthropologist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Anthropologists % of population Multiple
Anthropology And Archeology 16.4% 1.2% 13.2×
English Literature 2.6% 4.9% 0.5×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.9% 1.6% 1.2×
Art History 1.9% 0.7% 2.7×
History 1.9% 2.2% 0.8×
Sociology 1.9% 2.1% 0.9×
Fine Arts 1.5% 2.0% 0.8×
Social Sciences 1.5% 0.5% 3.1×
International Relations 1.5% 1.5% 1.0×
Community And Public Health 1.1% 0.8% 1.3×
Linguistics 1.1% 0.8% 1.4×
Psychology 1.1% 6.9% 0.2×
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 1.1% 0.2% 7.2×

Anthropologist Education Levels

57% of Anthropologists have a master's degree. 43% of Anthropologists have a doctorate degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 57%
Doctorate degree 43%

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